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Municipal Bond Market Absorbs Puerto Rico Supreme Court’s Decision that Teacher Pension Reform Legislation is Unconstitutional...

The latest swerve in the rollercoaster that is Puerto Rico public finance occurred on April 11 with the release of the Puerto Rico Supreme Court’s ruling striking down as unconstitutional the bulk of the territory’s teacher...more

IRS Issues Additional Guidance On The Treatment Of Same-Sex Spouses For Retirement Plan Purposes

IRS Notice 2014-19 provides long-awaited guidance on the application of the decision in United States v. Windsor to retirement plans qualified under Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”) Section 401(a). For tax-qualification...more

Illinois Supreme Court Debates Jurisdiction Over Pension Dispute

The Illinois Supreme Court seemed conflicted during an extremely active oral argument in late January in the high-profile pension case People ex rel. Madigan v. Burge. Burge poses the following issue: can the Attorney General...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - February 2014

The employee benefits issues to be considered by the U.S. Supreme Court continue to be of great significance to plan sponsors and fiduciaries. This month we review the Court's employee benefit decisions from 2013 and also...more

What the Pension Reform Decision in Arizona May Mean for Illinois

Today the Arizona Supreme Court has handed down its much-anticipated decision in Fields v. The Elected Officials’ Retirement Plan. In Fields, the Court unanimously struck down a pension reform package enacted by the...more

Socially Aware - Volume 5, Issue 1 - January/February 2014

In This Issue: FFIEC Issues Final Guidance on Social Media Usage by Financial Institutions; Uncovering a Line in the Sand: Employee Social Media Use and the NLRA; Website Operators Await Final Guidance Regarding...more

California Mayors Propose Game-Changing Pension Reform: The Act Will Permit Public Employers to Modify Benefits of Current...

In October, five California mayors proposed a statewide initiative – The Pension Reform Act of 2014 (Act) – which, if approved, will amend the California Constitution. The Act was amended last month for the principal purpose...more

Court Rules That Detroit Is Eligible For Chapter 9 And That Pensions May Be Impaired In Chapter 9

On December 5, 2013, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan released its 143 page decision upholding the City of Detroit’s eligibility to be a debtor under chapter 9 of the United States Bankruptcy...more

Monthly Benefits Update - November 2013

Health & Welfare Plans - Health Care Reform: Supreme Court Grants Review to Two Cases Challenging ACA’s Contraception Coverage Mandate - The United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear two cases challenging...more

First Thoughts: Live-(Nearly)-Blogging the Oral Argument in Kanerva

This morning, a seemingly skeptical Illinois Supreme Court appeared ready to side with the State in a dispute over 2012 amendments to the State Employee Group Insurance Act. Several Justices peppered the two attorneys...more

Illinois Supreme Court to Debate Whether Public Retiree Health Benefits Protected By Pension Clause

Tomorrow morning, the Illinois Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in what may prove to be a precursor of larger battles yet to come in the next few years - an all-out battle over whatever public pension reform package the...more

The Post-DOMA World Relating to ERISA-Governed Employee Benefit Plans

As a result of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor, 133 S. Ct. 2675 (2013), in which the Court held that Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) was unconstitutional, same-sex...more

Court Approves Extension of the Automatic Stay in Detroit’s Chapter 9 Case to State Officials

On July 24, 2013, Judge Steven W. Rhodes of the Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan approved the City of Detroit’s motion to extend the automatic stay to various non-debtor parties, including certain state...more

Post-Windsor Treatment Of Same-Sex Spouses Under Qualified Retirement Plans

The United States Supreme Court significantly changed the treatment of same-sex spouses under qualified retirement plans in United States v. Windsor. ...more

Supreme Court Will Resolve Questions About Obama Recess Appointments and CFPB Authority

As anticipated, the United States Supreme Court has granted certiorari in National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning, signaling the next chapter in the challenges that have been raised as to the legitimacy of certain...more

Supreme Court agrees to take on recess appointment controversy

On June 24, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review the D.C. Circuit’s decision in Noel Canning v. NLRB invalidating President Obama’s January 4, 2012 appointment of three NLRB members....more

Update: Third Circuit recess appointment decision ups the ante on certiorari

Last week’s News Flash alerted readers that a second federal appellate court has now invalidated a NLRB recess appointment as incompatible with the meaning of the phrase, “the Recess of the Senate” in the Recess Appointment...more

Second Ruling against NLRB Recess Appointments Raises More Questions for CFPB

A second circuit court ruling invalidating one of President Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board could provide additional ammunition to anyone inclined to challenge the validity of his choice to...more

Employment And Labor Law Alert: Minnesota's Same-Sex Marriage Law: Effects On Employers

On Tuesday, May 14, 2013, Governor Dayton signed into law a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Minnesota (H.F. 1054 and S.F. 925), effective August 1, 2013....more

Obama Administration Seeks Supreme Court Review Of Recess Appointment Decision

On April 25, the DOJ and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) filed a petition seeking U.S. Supreme Court review of the D.C. Circuit Court’s January 25, 2013 decision invalidating the appointment of three NLRB members....more

Illinois Supreme Court Intervenes in Politically Charged State Pension Battle

Earlier this month, the Illinois Supreme Court accepted its first direct appeal in over three years, agreeing to wade into the politically charged battle over state employee pension rights. The Court ordered the consolidated...more

"No State Income Tax" Constitutional Amendment to be Submitted to Tennessee Voters in November 2014

On April 8, 2013, the Tennessee House of Representatives passed Senate Joint Resolution 1 by a vote of 80-8, giving final approval to a proposed constitutional amendment to ban a state income tax in Tennessee on payroll and...more

Congressional Research Service issues two reports on Canning decision

The D.C. Circuit’s January 2013 decision in Noel Canning v. NLRB is the subject of two recently-issued reports by the Congressional Research Service. The decision held that President Obama’s recess appointments of three...more

Will New U.S. Court Of Appeals Decision On ‘Recess Appointments’ Stay Dodd-Frank Powers Granted To CFPB And Vacate Certain...

Holding that recess appointments authorized by the Recess Appointments Clause of the U.S. Constitution are limited to “intersession recesses” – “the period between sessions of the Senate when the Senate is by definition not...more

Will Actions of the CFPB Be Deemed Invalid?

A recent decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has brought into question the validity of actions taken by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The case in question,...more

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